For fall 2015, Shu Uemura released volume two of their Vision of Beauty collection, named Haute Street. Inspired by street art as a means of artistic expression in a modern city, this collection was designed by Shu Uemura’s International Artistic Director, Mr. Kakuyasu Uchiide, in collaboration with the artist Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter.
Similarly with last fall’s Vision of Beauty collection, Haute Street is extremely colourful. It is divided up into warm tones and cool tones, but the products are suitable for every skin tone. Today I’m going to share with you the two eyeshadow palettes from the collection – cool x chic, and warm x vibrant. The reviews for the rest of the collection will be posted up at a later date.
The Shu Uemura Haute Street Eye Shadow Palette in cool x chic (C$90) is a six pan palette that contains the following shades (from left to right):
- Matte dark grey – most pigmented colour in the palette, albeit is a bit dry and chalky when applied.
- Shimmery medium purple – my favourite shade in the palette, and one that applies the smoothest.
- Matte lavender-grey – an ultra sheer matte shade that required a ton of layering. This would have made a good base colour, but ultimately became the most disappointing.
- Shimmery bright purple – a beautiful jewel-toned purple that helps to create dimension. Pigmentation was so-so, but it layered beautifully over the lavender-grey.
- Shimmery ice blue – a sheer icy blue colour that looks good when worn in the middle of the eyelid just for a pop of colour.
- Shimmery acid green – an ultra sheer acid green that’s relatively smooth but not the easiest colour to pull off.
I’m still trying to figure out the best ways to use all of these shades in the palette. The four purple-toned colours on the left are easy to wear in combination, but the challenge is incorporating the icy blue and acid green. Of the two palettes, this one performed significantly better than the other. I was easily able to create a beautiful purple smokey eye with this palette using the first four shades. You’ll see in the arm swatches that these shades swatch quite poorly, but on the eyes they apply and wear a lot better. Despite this though, with the $90 price tag, I’d expect amazing results and not just the so-so results I get with this palette. With the quality of shadows, I’d expect a price tag of below $50, but for $90 it’d better be amazing, and this is not.
The Haute Street Eye Shadow Palette in warm x vibrant (C$90) contains the following shades (from left to right):
- Satin warm medium brown – a beautiful warm brown that looks great when paired with the pink. It’s the most pigmented in the palette, but I find it a bit hard to blend on the eyelid.
- Shimmery medium warm pink – a semi-sheer medium warm brown with very smooth shimmer, this looks great when layered on top of the matte mauve. When worn on the eyes, it is a lot sheerer compared to when it’s swatched on the arm.
- Matte mauve – an ultra sheer matte mauve that also requires a ton of layering, even with a primer.
- Shimmery light cool-toned pink – a pretty light pink that looks great when dusted lightly on the inner corners of the eyes.
- Metallic orange – a beautiful metallic orange that looks amazing when dabbed on the centre of the eyelid.
- Shimmery bright yellow – a shimmery canary yellow that looks great when dusted lightly on the entire lid to create a multidimensional effect.
I find the warm x vibrant palette a lot easier to use than the cool x chic palette. The colours are more coordinated, and I can create a very soft, romantic look with these shades that are appropriate for day and night wear. In addition, I was quite disappointed to find that most of these eyeshadows are quite sheer and applied poorly. You can’t really build these up for more intensity – I’ve tried and they end up looking more muddy than anything. I know that Japanese eyeshadows are generally sheerer in nature so that even the most crazy of colours can be worn in any setting during the day. Despite this, I think I’m just so used to the Urban Decay-factor, AKA rich, bold and highly pigmented jewel tones.
In conclusion, I’d recommend skipping both palettes altogether. The colours are sheer, not super wearable, and even as “fun” makeup they don’t perform very well. For $90, I’d recommend splurging a bit more and getting the Shu:Palette instead because the shades in that palette perform much better than the ones in the Haute Street palettes.
Watch out for the second part of my Vision of Beauty Haute Street reviews coming soon!
Keep in mind these were swatched with multiple swipes of each colour, but they apply a lot sheerer on the eyes.
Haute Street Eye Shadow Palette in cool x chic
Haute Street Eye Shadow Palette in warm x vibrant
On eyes wearing Shu Uemura Haute Street Eye Shadow Palette in cool x chic